The diminishing time left in the day and the scale of the work collide at some point, and we’re forced to face reality and get to it. If we feel it has to get done today.
If not, we still see time as abundant and can push The Big Important Thing off to the next day.
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As approaching deadlines become more apparent, they get scary. We’re tied to the conveyor belt of time, pushing us into THE DEADLINE like a death contraption in an old James Bond movie.
It’s only in hindsight that the scary impending-doom buzz-saw turns out to be our best friend.
"Early-day and late-day time used to move at different speeds for me. Late-day time was dense, tight, things happened, shit got done. Early-day time was loose, laid-back, chill — there was slack to play with, room to roam.
It’s not that I wasted the mornings and early afternoons — I did worthwhile work-ish things. I’d read up on new software I might put to good use one day, or check out the latest from others in my field, or learn a new tip/trick/hack that would certainly come in handy. You know, I was getting better at stuff. I was learning stuff."
Time is linear, but our perception of it is non-linear. And since we accept perception as reality, our distorted sense of time puts us in a distorted reality.
No wonder we have trouble consistently progressing over time.
We don’t rate or value (or even respect) each moment equally.
We have a fixed number of minutes in life, and each minute holds the same potential or opportunity. Yet we don’t perceive it that way.
And as a result, we sabotage ourselves.
Then at a certain point in the day (late afternoon if I was lucky or evening if I wasn’t), it occurred to me I hadn’t started The Big Important Thing.
Each day has one. Today has one. You have one.
For freelancers, clients don't usually care about your working hours, as long as you get projects in on time. Introduce a routine that works around when you are most productive, even if it means working in the evening instead of the morning. Just make sure you have a set start time and a set finish time.
It is where you stubbornly stay up late at night because you feel like you didn't get any time to yourself.
You barely had time for dinner and a shower after work. Maybe you watched a few episodes of a show or read a book. Now you're in bed, but you are not ready for sleep. You keep on scrolling because you feel unsatisfied in some way.
Procrastination is the act of putting off work for no particular reason. Some guides and experts say that you’re procrastinating when you’re not doing a task that needs to be accomplished by a certain deadline.
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